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Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea' /Purple Leaf Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea'  / Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea'
Crimson foliage most of the year
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Crimson foliage most of the year


Grows in dry arid conditions

Does best in sun

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Scientific Name: Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea'
Common Name: Purple Leaf Japanese Barberry
Plant Type: Deciduous
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: Will grow in poor alkaline soils. Does not perform well in Lower South. Retains the beautiful red color in the foliage throughout the growing season. Color is somewhat paler in the Lower South. Excellent plant for raised planters where the drainage tends to be better than in regular planting beds.